Tŷ Gwerin 2016: what's on

There's a packed programme for Tŷ Gwerin 2016, the home of folk traditions in the splendid Yurt at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. There'll be sessions, concerts, dance displays, the famous Stomp Cerdd Dant and of course the trac shop where you can find traditional and folk CDs and books not available elsewhere.

Click on the link below for full details via the Eisteddfod's website

Click here for timetable

BEAM folk weekend: 16-18 Sept 2016

BEAM 2016: the Big Experiment yr Arbrawf Mawr

BEAM2015undertreebest72Provisional (pending a decision on funding), to be confirmed in July:

A weekend of traditional Welsh music, song, clogs and more in a new venue - Trinity St Davids in Carmarthen, with instrumental tutors Stephen Rees, Stacey Blythe, Robert Evans and Sioned Webb. We're delighted to welcome Linda Griffiths (Plethyn) to the Big Experiment as our Folk Song tutor this year, and our clog tutors are Huw Williams and another new face, Tudur Phillips.

More details later in July. For a look at last year's, click here BEAM2015

Gwledd: A day to discuss the future of the traditional folk arts in Wales

 

GWLEDD: POSTPONED
We are very sorry to say that due to the low number of bookings and the possibility of seeing Wales in their first ever Euro Final, we are cancelling the event on 10 July. We hope to arrange a similar event at some point in the future.
We hope to see you at Ty Gwerin at the Eisteddfod.

Gorau canu, cyd ganu!

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Gwledd: a day to plan the future of the traditional arts in Wales ... 10 July at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Bookings are now open for trac's planning day on the future of the traditional folk arts at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 10th July, and all are welcome.

Topics for discussion

PARTICIPATION 
Encouraging people of all ages to be involved with traditional music and dance, from youngsters through to professionals – how? sessions? tune clubs? singarounds? dance days? Who does it, what is trac's role?
EDUCATION 
How can we get traditional arts onto the syllabus so that there is greater awareness, an option other than classical music training within schools, colleges, broader music education channels?
PRESENTATION
Venues and folk clubs, touring structures, at home and abroad, what is already happening, what needs to happen, who can help, what bands are looking for, what is trac's role?
ADVOCACY
What do we need to campaign for, what changes are needed, what is trac's role in this?
PROFILE
How can we raise the profile of traditional music and other traditional arts of Wales? Who can help, what needs to happen, what is trac's role?

What else? Come and share your priorities.

Who's the day for?

Tradiators! If you sing, dance, play. If you put on gigs or run a club. If you are a society or a session. If you are an organisation that works with music and people. If you teach people how to dance, play or sing. If you are a record company, a publisher, an agent or someone who works with folk music in Wales. If you are in a Parti Plygain, Parti Cerdd Dant, Parti Dawns. If you're a storyteller. If you're a festival or a venue that wants to work with folk music or if you are just passionate about our traditions. Then this is for you.

There's more information here http://www.trac-cymru.org/en/our-work/gwledd/gwledd-the-future-of-the-tradition-and-the-tradition-of-the-future, including the full timetable.

Tickets are £10 for individuals, £40 for organisations (large/national organisations not small ones like folk clubs), and a buffet lunch is provided.

Book now at https://event.bookitbee.com/7716/gwledd/

 

Calan Mai free folk festival in Cardiff

News from the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay:

"We’re kick-starting the summer at Wales Millennium Centre with the return of Calan Mai, our annual free folk music festival.

This year’s Calan Mai will be curated by the celebrated Welsh artist Patrick Rimes  of Calan, and will bring together the very best folk musicians in two days of music, dancing and festivities.

If you can't make it down here, our Calan Mai events will also be streamed live on our website: wmc.org.uk/connected  "

Sunday 1 May
Glanfa | 1.30pm - 7pm | Free
1.30pm Panel Discussion including trac's Director, Danny KilBride:
'The folk scene in Wales – where next?'
2pm Lowri Evans
3pm Olion Byw
4pm Frank Hennessy & Friends
5pm Nantgarw
More acts to be announced soon

Monday 2 May
Glanfa | 1pm - 6pm | Free
1pm Kizzy Crawford
2pm Elinor Evans
3pm Carwyn Ellis
4pm Elfen
More acts to be announced soon

Blas: free online Welsh folk music 24/7

Welsh folk music now has its own online 'radio' station, streaming tracks all day every day for free, to your choice of listening device. The creation of fiddle maker/producer/ musician Gerard Kilbride, the station has a roster of almost a hundred artists: mostly traditional, mostly from Wales, all of interest to fans of good folk music with a Welsh flavour. The schedule is constantly evolving, and currently has daily slots for songs, material from the archives, strictly traditional, new folk and 'a bit of everything'.

Blas brands itself as "Championing Welsh Folk Music & Musicians" and welcomes submissions of music from more Welsh artists. You can listen online here http://www.folkradiocymru.com/ or using apps such as TuneIn or Reciva

 

Sesiwn Fach

A statement from trac's Director, Danny KilBride, on behalf of the Trustees and staff of trac
 
trac notes with sadness the end of BBC Radio Cymru’s Sesiwn Fach. With the presenter Idris Morys Jones, it offered a window into our traditions, our musicians, and more importantly, our songs. It was the only Welsh language programme concentrating on our indigenous music and built a small but loyal audience of musicians and fans alike. Idris is a consummate professional and we are sure that he will soon rejoin our airwaves with something equally suited to his warmth and passion for Welsh culture.
 
We understand the reasons the BBC have ended the show but we are hopeful for positive changes from Radio Cymru. The interim arrangement with Georgia Ruth - a hour-long section of her programme focusing on Canu Gwerin - guarantees at least an hour of our music on our national broadcaster and is available on BBC Radio Player.
 
I went to talk this over in person with BBC Radio Cymru. We wanted to let them know that trac could not welcome the loss of Sesiwn Fach without plans to ensure that the folk music of Wales is heard on our main Welsh-language broadcaster. We had a wide-ranging discussion about content, playlists and how to bring folk music from a “specialist ghetto” into the mainstream music listings for the station. It is an ongoing conversation where ideas are tested, refined and re-imagined before becoming more concrete.
 
“Folk, roots and traditional music” commands a significant proportion of our audience, certainly double that of jazz and four times more popular than opera and classical music and in our Welsh speaking communities the measurable gap between Canu Gwerin and other genres is not as significant in Anglophone communities because we “own” our traditions in different ways. This partially explains the success of Tŷ Gwerin, trac's flagship partnership with Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru.
 
But we need to keep up the work to bring our traditions into our national life and that means finding new ways of presenting it on Radio Cymru, Radio Wales and all our broadcast networks. “We” the Cymry, whatever language we speak, are the oldest of the communities that make up Britain and our voices need to be heard as equals.

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